If music be the food of love, play on!

(Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, I:1)

Early Music students from the Jacobs School of Music provide pre-show music at each performance of Indiana Theatre's Twelfth Night run. Special lectures on the role of music in Shakespeare's plays will also be offered on select nights.

WHERE: The Mezzanine at the Lee Norvelle Center for the Performing Arts. 275 North Jordan Ave. Bloomington, IN 47405

WHEN: July 5 – 26. Music starts at 6:45pm for evening performances and 1:15pm for matinees. Lectures on the role of music in Shakespeare’s plays will be presented on July 17th and July 23rd starting at 6:30pm

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: www.theatre.indiana.edu

Let us whet your appetite for the “Bard of Avon.”

Early Music Associates is pleased to announce that, in the tradition of Shakespeare’s productions, musicians from the Jacobs School of Music will provide instrumental music of Elizabethan England in the Wells-Metz Theatre mezzanine before each Twelfth Night production this summer.

Additionally, on July 17th and July 23rd beginning at 6:30pm, audiences will be treated to a free lecture on the role of music in Shakespeare’s plays, “Fie, that you’ll say so! He plays o’ the viol-de-gamboys” (Twelfth Night I:2)”, presented by Keith Collins, Sarah Huebsch, and Kelsey Schilling.

Music on the Elizabethan stage played a crucial role within the drama. "In Shakespeare’s plays, musicians often attend the guests, play between scenes, and are summoned directly into the drama as it unfolds,” Huebsch said. “Ariel (The Tempest) dances and provides soft and strange music on the island. Desdemona sings “willow, willow, willow” (Othello IV: iii), which becomes an essential aria nearly three hundred years later in Verdi’s Otello.

The activities aim to foster interdisciplinary collaborations between the IU Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance and the Historical Performance Institute at the Jacobs School of Music.

For more information about Indiana Festival Theatre, contact Amy Osajima at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 812-855-0514. For details about the music and lectures, contact Sarah Huebsch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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